• Let this much be said first: it’s a miracle New Zealand came so close to winning in Ahmedabad with their weak bowling. India tend to reserve their worst performances for the beginning of a series, and unless New Zealand have new tricks up their sleeves, they could be hammered in Hyderabad and Nagpur.

    But before that, India badly need a batting order shake-up. Gautam Gambhir is in no form and Rahul Dravid’s hundred was hardly convincing. They’re still playing for their places in the side, and this will burden Sehwag, Tendulkar and Laxman, while unfairly keeping out Vijay and Pujara.

    That New Zealand could reduce the world No. 1 side to 15-5 before the first bowling change is truly remarkable — especially when they had just two Test-class bowlers. Chris Martin’s heroic new-ball spell argued that the Kiwis aren’t to be taken lightly. Unfortunately, the argument couldn’t be sustained.

    Harbhajan Singh, batting at No. 8, bettered his highest career score twice in one match. This tells you

    Read More »from Needed: A rethink of India’s batting line-up
  • 3.43 pm: Only Vettori was able to keep Sehwag under check today. Of the 66 balls he bowled to him, Sehwag scored 30, with three fours. The idea was to bowl on or just outside off-stump. Chris Martin and Hamish Bennett pitched too short or too full too often, and got punished.

    The most punishment was reserved for Jeetan Patel. The Test Match Sofa guys described Patel's challenge to the Indian line-up as being similar to a mosquito trying to eat an elephant. And here's why.

    Sehwag took 45 runs off him in 31 balls. And even Dravid, who'd been struggling with a strike rate under 20, managed to take 33 runs off 42 from Patel, whose First Class bowling average this season is 72. It would be hard for him to make an impression in this series.


    3.31 pm: Hundred No. 30 for Rahul Dravid. There's been an incredible turnaround for him today. His first 20 took 105 balls. The last 81 have come in just 110.


    3.20 pm: Sehwag's gone.

    Read More »from Live Blog: Sehwag, Dravid score hundreds on Day 1
  • Just how does one understand Sunil Gavaskar? As a cricketer, he’s a giant among giants, deserving of reverence. But in everything else, he confounds.

    The ex-player slash administrator slash pundit slash commentator slash media personality slash statesman has his fingers in so many cricketing pies, that not for the first time he’s at war with the cause he represents. And this probably won’t be the last time, going by his track record.

    His ongoing payment dispute is an off-shoot of the larger problem of criss-crossing interests inside the BCCI. But for now, let’s dwell on Gavaskar.

    Normally, it’s through his newspaper columns that Gavaskar makes his views, sometimes partisan, known. He’s no fan of one-on-ones; hence when he goes to NDTV to clear the air, you know he has a lot on his mind.

    Long story short, Gavaskar recently stepped down (or was sacked, depending on whose version you believe) from the IPL governing council. It then emerged that while functioning as a member of the

    Read More »from The curious case of Sunil Gavaskar


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